Two minor injury accidents reported in Audubon County


August 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports two, minor injury accidents occurred Tuesday within the county. The first happened at around 4:30-p.m., at the intersection of Highways 71 and 44, in Hamlin. Officials say 58-year old Stephen Robert Miller, of Audubon, who was driving a 2011 Chevy, turned in front of a 2006 GMC, driven by 46-year old Norma Jean Weitzel, of Sac City, as Weitzel was traveling south on Highway 71, and Miller was traveling east on 44.

After the vehicles collided, Weitzel was transported to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. Damage from the crash, which remains under investigation, amounted to $8,000.

The second accident happened on Highway 44, just east of Hamlin, at around 6-p.m, Tuesday. Officials say 20-year old Tiffany Marie Ward, of Audubon, was traveling east when she fell asleep at the wheel. When her 1994 Oldsmobile e ran off onto the shoulder of the road, Ward overcorrected, sending the car sideways into the south ditch, where it hit a field drive. The impact knocked-off the back tire. Her vehicle continued over the field drive before coming to rest on its wheels.

Ward was also transported to the Audubon County Hospital and treated for minor injuries. She was later cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Damage from the crash amounted to $2,000.